Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Labour launches Portuguese manifesto

At a packed event on Friday night, members of the Portuguese speaking community joined with Labour councillors at the Stockwell Community Resource Centre to launch the UK's first ever manifesto in Portuguese. The event was hosted by Stockwell's Labour team, and Cllr Steve Reed spoke along with Portuguese activists Alcino Francisco and Adelina Pereira.

The reception also saw the launch of the new Labour Friends of Portugal and the Lusophone Communities, a network which is intended to strengthen links between the Portuguese and Labour Party, as well as encouraging greater political activism by the Portuguese speaking community.

The manifesto has a number of specific commitments for the Portuguese community, including:
- delivering a £500,000 community centre, run by and led by the community itself
- more English lessons for children and adults and more Portuguese speaking teachers in Lambeth schools
- more help to support Portuguese speaking residents to get back into work
- support for the community to access council services such as housing

If you want to download the manifesto, please click here: